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since vs. because

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:46 am
by azz
a. I haven't gone into his room since he went to bed.
b. I haven't seen him since he's stopped coming to work.

c. I haven't tried to solve this problem since it was given to me by a genius who told me she found it difficult.


Could 'since' mean 'because' in these sentences?

I think both meanings are possible, but the temporal one is the one that comes to mind first in (a) and (b). I think in (c) the 'because' reading is the one that comes to mind first.

Many thanks.

Re: since vs. because

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:33 pm
by Erik_Kowal
In the case of a), a normal person would say 'because' if they meant 'because'.

Logically, b) invokes both interpretations.

In the case of c), the context of the utterance would normally clarify the intended meaning.